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What, You Didn’t Give the Detainees Miranda Warnings?

Reuters adds itself to the list of outlets reporting the shocking news that Salim Hamdan and other enemy combatants were not given Miranda warnings.  (Thanks to Jen Rubin.)

I hate to say I told you so, but this has been coming for three years — ever since the McCain amendment.  Everybody pooh-poohed it because it sounds too absurd.  Alien combatants having constitutional rights used to sound absurd too.  So did al Qaeda having Geneva Convention rights.  So did the U.S. courts entertaining lawsuits by the enemy against the officials Congress authorized to fight the war.  It all sounds crazy … until it happens.


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